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24th March 2017
Retraining of Racehorses Update

Retraining of Racehorses Update

Retraining Racehorses - An update from the Rothschild Yard The retraining process usually takes 2 – 3 months. During this time the team  lunge and long rein, allowing the horses to adapt to new tack, commands and aids. Once the horse becomes accustomed to this they add an EquiAmi which encourages the horse to work in an outline. Most racehorses will not have a part…

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10th March 2017
Istabraq – A real natural from Day 1

Istabraq – A real natural from Day 1

 This week’s Champion Hurdle is a wide open affair after the New Year withdrawals through injury of the last two winners, Faugheen (2015) and Annie Power (2016). One trainer recently said,“You could run the Champion Hurdle ten times and get six different winners.”  The story was very different at the end of the last century when a horse bred to win the Derby t…

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3rd March 2017
Flyingbolt - The Forgotten Champion

Flyingbolt - The Forgotten Champion

In the build up to Cheltenham Grenville Davies takes a look back at Flyingbolt -The Forgotten Champion On the Cheltenham Festival Roll of Honour – Arkle, Desert Orchid, Dawn Run and Kauto Star always get a mention; Flyingbolt is often amiss from this list. Yet his achievements put him up there with the greatest of them all and but for bad luck and illness, he would…

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23rd February 2017
Ian Balding visits the National Heritage Centre

Ian Balding visits the National Heritage Centre

We were delighted to welcome Ian Balding, the former Royal trainer who guided Mill Reef to Derby and Arc success in 1971 to the National Heritage Centre. The master of Kingsclere was shown around the new National Horseracing Museum in the Trainer's House by our Visitor Services team. He spent a considerable time in the Sporting Glory Gallery where he had the opportun…

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14th February 2017
Red Prince II

Red Prince II

With Paul Nicholls campaigning a 4-year-old, Frodon, over fences Tony Lake was reminded of another precocious steeplechaser. Red Prince II Red Prince II won more money in Britain than any other horse in 1893 but he could have achieved so much more. He competed in the richest races run in England, Ireland and France and arguably should have won all three.  He did not …

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3rd February 2017
The Fred Packard Galleries in Palace House

The Fred Packard Galleries in Palace House

The Fred Packard Museum & Galleries of British Sporting Art at Palace House Dr Cicely Robinson played a key role in the transformation of Palace House. Last October, she completed her three-year term as the Assistant Curator of British Sporting Art. Now settled in her new job as the Assistant Curator at the Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village in Surrey we asked Cic…

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13th January 2017
Racing on TV

Racing on TV

Grenville Davies looks back on horseracing broadcasting over the last five decades. Like a lot of kids back in the 1970's, I watched my parents pick their selections from the morning paper on a Saturday, many of those picked; whether by pin, having a fanciful name or some more scientific method would go on to form part of their bets in the ITV 7 (which was an accumula…

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5th January 2017
2016: Some Memories

2016: Some Memories

Working at an establishment with ex jockeys, work riders and racing fans we wondered what caught their imagination in 2016. Although more a connoisseur of the Flat, Alan Grundy nominated Sprinter Sacre's comeback win in the Queen Mother Champion Chase as the most stirring and emotional win of the year and an awesome training performance. A devotee of the National Hunt…

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29th December 2016
Looking Back

Looking Back

For our penultimate blog of the year we asked all our staff and volunteers for their  working highlights of 2016. In a momentous year for the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art Peter Jensen, the Chairman of the Home of Horseracing Trust and Chairman of the British Sporting Art Trust, said: “It was my honour, together with Chris Garibaldi (Dir…

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21st December 2016
An Aussie Abroad

An Aussie Abroad

The name Freedman in Australia, Melbourne in particular, is like Stoute and Gosden in the UK.  Five time Melbourne Cup winning trainer, Lee, and his brother Anthony, train a total of 110 horses at their two training establishments at Flemington and Pinecliff.   Lee famously trained the record three time Melbourne Cup winning mare Makybe Diva  to her last two victo…

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